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Big Bus London Open Top Sightseeing Bus

Big Bus London offers open-top sightseeing tours on two main routes which take in the best sights in the capital including Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, St Paul's Cathedral and Tower Bridge. Depending on how much time you have, you can choose from a 24 or 48 hour ticket or a 1 calendar day ticket, during which time you can hop on and hop off the buses to your heart's content.

All Big Bus London routes are included in the one ticket.

Buses run on the various routes from about 8:30 am to around 5pm at very frequent intervals. You may start your tour at any time and from any of the designated bus stops.

Like its arch rival, The Original London Tour, Big Bus London offers two main sightseeing routes that covering all the main sights in Central London as well as a shuttle service to Kings Cross and St Pancras stations.

A free cruise on the River Thames and a choice of guided walks are included with the ticket. You will also receive a rewards booklet offering discounts at local restaurants and attractions.

Big Bus 24 Hours Extra Free Promotion For Tickets Issued By 28th February 2017

An additional 24 hours validity will be applied to all 24hr and 48hr tickets that are issued up to and including 28th February 2017.

Tickets purchased prior to that date but claimed on or after 1st March 2017 will not be eligible for any additional free validity. The additional validity will apply to the use of hop-on, hop-off services but not river boat cruises, which must be taken during the purchased validity period of 24hrs or 48hrs.

Key Points of Big Bus London Tour

- Tickets valid for 24, 48 hours or 1 calendar day

- Hop-on and hop-off service to the attractions

- FREE Thames River Cruise

- FREE Walking Tours!

- English live guides + audio guides (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish, Arabic, Hindi, Japanese, Mandarin and Russian).

- Exclusive Big Bus app downloadable on Apple or Android. Lots more information about London's landmarks, shopping and dining. Mapping to help you navigate to the nearest bus top.

Big Bus Tour Routes

The Big Bus London offers two main routes (the red tour and blue tour), a Green Link shuttle that allows you to get to the British Museum and Bloomsbury hotel area and an Orange Tour that covers sights and hotel districts in the Kensington area.

Red Tour Route

This is the core sightseeing tour visiting all the main sights of Central London, with a live English commentary. All buses on the red route are led by experienced guides who will talk you through the history of the city, giving you a personal and entertaining commentary about London and its highlights.

Tours operate regularly with buses running every 5-20 minutes depending on season. Tours begin at 08.30 with the last buses departing at 18.00 hours during summer and 16.30 hours in the winter.

Blue Tour Route

This tour in terms of route largely duplicates the red route but instead of alive English language commentary has audio guides supporting 12 languages.

Timings are similar to the red route.

Orange Tour Route

This is a circular loop service that interconnects with the red and blue routes at several stops in the Hyde Park and Mayfair area and provides access to sights and Kensington hotel districts to the east of the main red and blue tour routes.

The service goes around Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. Sights include South Kensington Museums, Harrods Department Store and Kensington Palace, as well as providing access to Kensington, Gloucester Road, Bayswater and Paddington hotel districts.

Tours operate regularly with buses running every 5-15 minutes depending on season. Tours begin at 08.00.

Comparison of London's Sightseeing Buses

Green Link

Like the Orange Tour this service interconnects with the main red and blue services and provides access to the hotel districts and sights to the north of the centre around Bloomsbury and Kings Cross, St Pancras

Sights include the British Museum and British Library as well as providing access to Bloomsbury, Euston and Kings Cross/St Pancras hotel districts.

Tours operate regularly with buses running every 20 minutes depending on season beginning around 08.30.

Free River Cruise With City Cruises

Enjoy a complimentary river cruise included in your Big Bus London ticket.

City Cruises is pleased to offer customers of Big Bus London a FREE cruise on the River Thames.

The river cruise includes live commentary and enables you to see London and its attractions from a different perspective. Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast, Shakespeare's Globe and the Tate Modern Art Gallery are just some of the famous highlights that line the riverside. City Cruises depart from Westminster (Big Ben), Waterloo (London Eye) and Tower of London.

The River Cruise between Westminster Pier (Big Ben) and the Tower of London departure times vary, but are approximately every 20 minutes in the summer and every 30-40 minutes in the winter.

City Cruises River Boat In Front Of The Tower Of London

Free Walking Tours

Your Big Bus London Sightseeing Tour includes 3 walking Tours, spaced 2 to 3 hours apart from each other.

The walks are led by a friendly Big Bus guide. You may join as many of the walks as you wish. These relaxed walking tours give you the opportunity to learn about a specific part of London history.

The Walking Tours last approximately 1.5 - 2 hours and leave from the Trafalgar Square - Big Bus stop.

Royal London Walk

Daily @ 10:20 a.m. Learn about the history of St James Palace and Buckingham Palace, putting you in a prime position for the Changing of the Guard Ceremony.

Harry Potter

Daily @ 2:00 p.m. This walk reveals film locations from the Harry Potter movies in London’s West End and Whitehall. It also takes you to the Palace Theatre, where the new play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is showing.

London Rocks

Daily @ 5:00 p.m. Inspiring and influencing the world of music. This walk isn't just about music though. You will learn how theatre, film, food and fashion all make their mark in London.

Big Bus London Tour Tickets
London's Main Open Top Hop On, Hop Off Sightseeing Tours
(Discounted On-Line Advance Purchase)


On-Line Advance Ticket Price Adult (Child)

Walking Tours

1 day‡

24 hrs

48 hrs

72 hrs


Original London Tour





Changing of Guard Walk
Rock N Roll Walk
Jack The Ripper Walk

Big Bus





Royal London Walk
Harry Potter
London Rocks

Golden Tours





Diamond Jubilee Walk
Beatles Walk

* 24 Hours Free (included) promotional fare

† No river cruise included in this ticket

‡Valid for one calendar day expiring at the end of the day irrespective of start time


Big Bus - 10% discount code available for 24 and 48 hour tickets at our Big Bus London dedicated page.

Big Bus - 24 hours extra free on 24 & 48 hour tickets that are issued and claimed up to 28th February 2017.

Original London Tour -Travel before or on 31st October 2016 and your 24 hour Original Tour ticket will be valid until the end of service the following day.

Golden Tours - 24 hours extra free on 24 & 48 hour tickets.

Save Money Combining Leading London Attractions & Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Buses

The Original London Tour as its name implies is the original hop-on hop-off London sightseeing bus service.

The hop-on, hop off sightseeing buses are an excellent first day in London quickly getting you up to speed and orientated with the layout of London and your guide pointing out sights and destinations you might have not previously considered visiting.

But most visitors to London will have their own "must see" list of attractions.

So why not save some money and purchase your hop-on, hop off sightseeing bus tickets and your "must see" attractions as a package. You don't have to use the attraction tickets on the day you use the sightseeing bus either.

Madame Tussauds , The London Eye, London Dungeon, London Aquarium, St Paul’s Cathedral, Kensington Palace, Tower of London and Ripleys are all available.

Original London Tour & Attravtion Packages

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